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Harvest: Food Collections

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Suitable for: Any or All Locations
Estimated costs: £0 - £5
Suggested frequency: Annually
Hosted by: Local church.
Activity: Community
Author: HOPE
Published: 09/09/2015


For many, Harvest is traditionally associated with collecting non-perishable food items, and donating them to people who need help in the community.
Make the most of your food collection by:

  • Speaking to local charities to ensure that your collection goes to those in need. You might wish to support projects working with people who are homeless or living in women's refuge centres.  You could speak to your local council who will know about families that might be in need of a care package.

  • Find out what your chosen charity would find most useful to receive, and give suggested shopping lists to your congregation a few weeks ahead of Harvest.

  • Encourage your congregation to change their thinking from 'buy one get one free' to 'keep one, give one away' in the run up to Harvest.

Alternatively, you might like to try a different approach: 

  • Instead of bringing food, you could ask people to donate the money that they would have spent, to support a project either close to home or overseas. Make sure that people are clear about where the money is going, and how much of a difference it will make to the lives of those in need.

  • Ask your congregation to donate pieces of fresh fruit, make them into small gift baskets, then give these out on the local streets as an act of kindness.

  • Donate your time to local projects instead of giving money or food.


Help the church to become increasingly generous by maximising the opportunities to support local charities and organisations. At the same time, a by-product of the increased giving will be a growth in the provision for local community projects.


To support the church to become increasingly generous.

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